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KATONAH (Village)


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History

In 1997, Katonah (a village in the town of Bedford) celebrated its Centennial birthday.

     "The place where Katonah now is was open farmland when the railroad reached this point, in 1848. Whitlockville was half a mile to the west, and that was for the first few years the name of the station and the post-office. The present name was chosen in honor of the old chief whose home is supposed to have been in the northern part of the town. ..." [Source: Excerpt from Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 2, Chapter XI, Bedford, pages 576; published in 1886.]

Vital Records

Also, see if there is any additional information on the Vital Records page at this site.

Historical Society

Katonah Historical Museum

Churches and Synagogues

First Presbyterian Church of Katonah
http://www.concentric.net/~Fpck/
Places of Worship
http://www.katonahny.com/PlacesofWorship.html
Katonah churches
http://www.churchangel.com/WEBNY/kantonah.htm
Roman Catholic
Roman catholic churches in Westchester county are under the juridiction of the Archdiocese of New York. You can search their parish listing at the following web page: http://www.ny-archdiocese.org/pastoral/parishes.cfm
Episcopal Churches -- New York
See a list of Episcopal Churches in New Yorkhttp://www.episcopalchurch.org/webpages/p2.html#NewYork or use their Parish Finder search engine.

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Cemeteries

Transcribed Cemetery Inscriptions

Carretta, Katherine A., compiler. A Guide to Listings of Old Cemetery Inscriptions and other Genealogical Aids for Westchester County, New York. [Westchester County Historical Society, 1977]

Horton, William P. Cemetery Inscriptions of Westchester County, NY. [Peekskill, NY: 1928] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Manville, Margaret. Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Cemeteries in Westchester County, New York. [White Plains, NY: 1966] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Spies, Francis F. Inscriptions copied from gravestones in West Chester County yards with genealogical notes. Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

The Westchester County Historical Society also has extensive manuscripts giving inventories of many old cemeteries located throughout the County. Also check with the local historical society for information about the above cemeteries.

Have you looked at the cemetery listings here at the Westchester NYGenWeb site?

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Maps

Many town historical societies hold maps of their vicinities, including copies of the Sanborn insurance maps. Insurance maps were detailed to the point of showing each building on each street so that insurance companies knew what to pay the insurer in the event of fire or destruction. Be sure to inquire at such institutions as well as at local libraries.

Also, see additional information on the Maps page at this Westchester site.

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Library

Katonah Village Library

In honor of Katonah's Centennial, the library re-published two books: Katonah, a History of a New York Village and its People by Frances R. Duncombe and Cassie's Village, also by Ms. Duncombe. Cassie's Village details life in early Katonah from a child's perspective.

Town Web Site

Katonah Net
http://www.katonahny.com/

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Census Information

New York State Census

The only NY State censuses which survived are for the years 1905, 1915, and 1925. Check at your local LDS Family History Center for these films.

Federal Census

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index to Westchester County Names in the Federal Censuses, 1790-1840 [Elmsford: Westchester Cty. Historical Society] 1994.

Some additional census information for Westchester county can be found at the Census page.

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Directories

Turner's New York & Harlem Railroad Directory between New York City and Brewster for the Years 1891-1892; Published by E.F Turner & co. of 217 Elm St., Yonkers, N.Y.

Also see the City Directories page on this Westchester Site.

Annotated Bibliography

Deacon, Seth S. Historical Sketch of Katonah, Westchester county, NY

Duncombe, Frances R. Katonah, the History of a New York Village and its People. [Katonah, NY: Katonah Village Improvement Society, 1961]. Includes biographical references and maps.

Duncombe, Frances R. Cassie's Village

Fee, Julia B. Scarsdale: A Guide to the Area. [NJ: Ruby Press] c. 1992.

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index to Westchester County Names in the Federal Censuses, 1790-1840 [Elmsford: Westchester Cty. Historical Society] 1994.

Pelletreau, William S., Am. M. Early Wills of Westchester County, New York 1664-1784 Pub. 1898. Cornell University Library has scanned this book and placed it on the web at the following address: http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/MOA/bookp.html

Sopko, Joseph S. Archaeological Investigations of the Brick Lot at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site [Peebles Island, Waterford, NY: NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Bureau of Historic Sites, 1994].

For other books with information relating to this town but covering a county-wide level, see the County section of the Bibliography page.

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Cultural and/or Historical sites

John Jay Homestead, Katonah
http://www.fieldtrip.com/ny/42325651.htm
    "Two miles east of Katonah is the Jay estate, owned by that family since 1743, when Mary, wife of Peter Jay and mother of Chief Justice Jay, inherited it from her father, Colonel Jacobus Van Cortlandt...." [Source: Excerpt from Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 2, Chapter XI, Bedford, page 578; published in 1886.]
Note: John Jay also had a residence in Rye where the family plot is located.
Caramoor Center for Music
http://www.askasia.org/frclasrm/resorct/MC0319.htm
Historic Katonah Marks 100th Anniversary
http://www.hudsonriver.com/halfmoonpress/stories/0397kat.htm

Renowned Residents

John Jay, First Chief Justice of the U.S.A.
See info regarding his home above.

If you know of any notable residents from this town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding them to this section and please identify when the person resided here as well as why you consider them to be notable.

Other Institutions of Genealogical Interest

Westchester County Genealogical Society

The Westchester County Genealogical Society has been publishing a series of articles in their monthly newsletter for some time which gives an overview of each town within the county. This Focus on (town name) [WCGS Newsletter, ] series includes a brief history of the town, a listing of some houses of worship, some cemeteries and often a bibliography. See the information about ordering back issues of the newsletter.

If you know any additional information relating to this town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding it to this page.

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Military Info

See the Military & War Links page for more information.

As we find information relating specifically to this town, we'll post it here. If you have any such information or know of other web pages to link to, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.with particulars.

Loyalist Info

Have you a Loyalist in your family tree? If so, the Loyalist page may be of interest to you. If you have any specific information relating to this town and loyalists, please contact the county coordinator for this web site. about adding the information to this page.

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Picture Gallery

If you have a scanned picture relating to any location within Westchester and would like to add it to this site, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.with particulars.

Some Surnames associated with this town

See the Surname Web Pages for links to web pages of researchers in Westchester but not specifically associated with this town.

Query & Message Boards

Rootsweb.com has Some Query boards where you can post a query for others to view. Or join the Westchester mailing list and correspond with other Westchester researchers.

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